Almost a decade ago I had a conversation that changed my life – I was sitting in Leftwing Idiot’s kitchen talking about my intensifying tics and he described my Tourettes as a “language-generating machine” and told me that not … read more
I’ve loved drawing for as long as I can remember. In fact when I was learning to write and finding it difficult I used to imagine each letter as a drawing. When I left school I studied art and went … read more
My grandad kept a diary for most of his life. In some ways it was very detailed and in others, very general. He noted the wildlife that had visited his garden, the miles the car had done, and who he’d … read more
Over the last few years I’ve had increasing issues with pain and fatigue. I’ve come to appreciate how crucial rest and pacing can be, but that doesn’t mean I’m always good at putting them into practice.
Over the last … read more
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For the last week or two my timeline’s been full of discussion about ‘All In A Row’, a play which opened this … read more
Back in October we were in Inverness working with young creatives on Hacks For The Future, it was brilliant but the days were pretty exhausting both physically and mentally and in the evenings my pain was often very intense. … read more
I started working with disabled children in 1999 so I’m celebrating twenty years this year. For some of this time I worked in Lambeth’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the Autism and Complex Needs Intervention Support Team… read more
My chest-banging tic has been around for almost a decade. When it began, my chest bruised a lot and I tried loads of different ways of managing it. I tried restricting the movement of my arm, Habit Reversal Training and … read more
Happy New Year! We’ve made it to the end of 2018. For the Touretteshero team the year’s been crammed full of activity, events, touring and TV. As with most years there have been some incredible highs, and some painful lows … read more
I’ve been staying with Fat Sister, King Russell and their young daughter Bean over the last few days.
Bean has lots of Duplo building bricks – in fact they used to be Fat Sister’s and mine. As a child … read more